Tom's IT Pro: Intel DC S3710 Enterprise SSD Review

The original release of the DC S3700 redefined the expectations of high-endurance data center SSDs and set new benchmarks for performance consistency and value. Intel enjoys a big lead in data center SSD market share, but 3D V-NAND-powered foes, such as the Samsung 845 DC PRO, have come along to challenge Intel's dominance.

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Samsung has made waves with its new 3D NAND products in the interim, and after two years the DC S3700 series was badly in need of a refresh. Intel's DC S3710 is an evolutionary product that improves upon its predecessor by packing in more capacity (up to 1.2 TB), and that alone gives Intel a leg up in the market. However, competing high-capacity SSDs are on the horizon from the other major vendors, so a capacity boost alone won't cut it. Intel also boosted the DC S3710's random write performance by 25 percent along with robust sequential read/write performance to help stave off the competition.

Intel and Micron recently announced their impending move to 3D NAND-based SSDs, but make no mistake, Samsung has a big lead in the technology. Is the DC S3710's refresh enough to keep the Samsung wolves at bay until Intel can get its 3D products to market? Let's take a closer look as we pit the Intel DC S3710 against the leading SSDs in its class on Tom's IT Pro.

Paul Alcorn is a Contributing Editor for Tom's IT Pro, covering Storage. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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